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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 14 April, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 14 April, 2007, 12:00am

If there was an award for salacious news coverage, the city's newspapers would probably win hands down, judging by the front pages of the three leading mass-circulation papers on Wednesday.

Apple Daily fronted with a woman university lecturer and lawyer, who told police her former boyfriend was blackmailing her with video recordings of them making love. In her 20s, she met the man online and started dating him in 2005 but found he had a triad background and ran a vice establishment. One would think that someone with her education would have been smarter.

Not to be outdone, rival Oriental Daily News ran with the guilty plea of a doctoral student at the University of Hong Kong who was caught filming up the skirt of a student at a campus cafe.

But The Sun surely won the sex story contest of the day with the 17-hour sexual torture of a 16-year-old girl, whose two tormenters were put on trial for false imprisonment and assault. The front page came with elaborate graphics and descriptions. Sadly, The South China Morning Post only managed to run the story inside.